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Venezuela Delegations

At the heart of the Maracay-St. Cloud Partnership are the people of God within both dioceses. 

People-to-People exchanges are essential for building up the relationship of our two churches, and truly encountering the face of Christ in one another’s diocese.  About 45 delegates from St. Cloud have spent a 10-day period in Maracay, experiencing parish life and learning about life in Venezuela. About 39 Venezuelans have spent a similar period in St. Cloud, experiencing parish life and learning about life in Minnesota. In addition, four long-term missioners from Maracay have lived and served in our diocese over the last several years of our partnership. Our Partnership travel is set-up on a 3-year cycle: we travel there one year, they travel here the next, and we postpone travel the following for a year of implementation to work on mutually-defined goals and projects; then we begin the cycle again.

Delegations travel to our partner diocese of Maracay, Venezuela every-third year. If you are interested in being a part of one of these trips, contact the Mission Office to put your name on a list of those interested. Information will be sent out to you about 9 months prior to the travel dates, and you will be asked to fill out a simple “application” before delegation selections occur. All delegates are required to attend 4 orientation sessions and 2 follow-up sessions in addition to the travel dates; please be prepared to commit to these at the time you apply.

We also have delegations visiting us in the St. Cloud Diocese every-third year (on opposite years as we travel to them). These groups are always in need of helpful energetic people from our Diocese to host delegates, to help with transportation and event facilitation and to interact with them during their time here. If any of this is of interest to you, please contact us at the mission office.


Upcoming Delegations

The next Maracay Partnership delegations will be: 
  • Our friends from Maracay traveling to St. Cloud in April, 2020 -POSTPONED  Due to the restrictions and concerns surrounding COVID-19 the delegates were not able to come as planned. This trip has not yet been rescheduled. Please watch the Mission Office website, newsletter and the Central Minnesota Catholic diocesan magazine for updates and details on how you can be involved.
  • Traveling to Maracay, Venezuela –  This trip has not yet been scheduled and may be pushed back due to the above trip being postponed. Please watch the Mission Office website, newsletter and the Central Minnesota Catholic diocesan magazine for details on interest meetings and how to apply, so that you can be among the next blessed group to journey to our brothers and sisters in Kenya!
For more information on inviting a delegate who has been to Maracay previously to speak to your parish or group about their time in Venezuela, contact the Mission Office.

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Here is a bit of history on the partnership’s travels thus far, including links to reflections and photo highlights for some of these exchanges:

  1. In December of 2013 Fr. Oswaldo made his way to Minnesota to begin his stay in our diocese as a missioner to us.
  2. The St. Cloud Diocese welcomed two delegations from Maracay in the Fall-2012 (PDF) (4 delegates in September, and two in October).  Though small and divided into two travel groups due to visa problems, the delegates all had a wonderful time, as did their host families and parishes!
  3. Ten delegates from throughout the diocese, ranging from 15 to 70 years old, traveled to Maracay in February of 2011. It was truly a great experience!
  4. Fr. Freddimir journeyed to Minnesota in September 2010, to begin his five-year stay in our diocese as a missioner to us.  Fr. Freddimir completed a period of acculturation, including intensive language studies at St. Cloud State University, before being assigned to ministry by Bishop Kinney and the Personnel Board beginning in July of 2011. He returned home in September of 2012.
  5. Two delegations, of 3 people each, visited St. Cloud Diocese in the Fall of 2009 from Maracay, Venezuela. These delegations included Bishop Rafael Conde, two priests, a lay man and two lay women.
  6. A delegation of 12 youth and adults from our diocese returned from a 10 day pilgrimage to our partner diocese of Maracay, Venezuela in June-2008 (PDF).
  7. A delegation from our partner Diocese of Maracay, Venezuela visited us here in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota in mid-October 2006. The delegation was comprised of 6 people from priests to laity, permanent deacon to journalist, teacher of children’s catechism to teacher of teachers. This varied group brought many gifts to us!
  8. Summer of 2005 Fr. José Gregorio Bracamonte journeyed to the St. Cloud Diocese to be in mission to us. He will be lived and ministered in the diocese for 5 years, returning home in 2010.
  9. maracay_fred_dance2008In July-2005 (PDF) several members of the St. Cloud Diocese traveled to Maracay for 2 weeks to experience prayer and liturgy, family life and ministry in their diocese. Although other groups had traveled to Maracay, and previous delegations had come from Maracay to our diocese, this was the first “official” full St. Cloud diocesan delegation!
  10. There was a delegation of our brothers and sisters from Maracay to St. Cloud in October of 2004.
  11. A delegation also traveled to Maracay in Summer of 2003. This delegation included Bishop Kinney, then-Mission Office staff member Rosanne Fischer, St. Cloud Visitor editor Joe Towalski, and founding member Fr. Jim Minette.
  12. In the Fall of 2002 we welcomed our first long term missioner to St. Cloud from Maracay. Fr. David Trujillo served in the diocese for 3 years before returning to Maracay in May of 2005.
  13. In addition to these various diocesan delegations, specific Sister Parish delegations have also traveled from St. Ann’s Parish in Brandon within the St. Cloud Diocese to Immaculate Conception Parish in Barbacoas within Maracay. These delegations have traveled in January-2004 (PDF) & January 2005.

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To see more photos and videos from past delegations, visit the Friends of Maracay share site!